Photo: César A. Rodriguez.
The WFTU General Secretary, George Mavrikos traveled to Cuba to take part in the ceremony of Fidel Castro’s funeral. The WFTU General Secretary conveyed the condolences and the solidarity of WFTU to the Cuban people for the demise of their leader.
On the occasion of his visit to Cuba he gave the below interview to http://www.granma.cu/ on December 3rd :
“George Mavrikos, General Secretary of the World Federation of Trade Unions, arrived in Havana to participate in the funeral ceremonies of our “Comandante en Jefe” Fidel Castro Ruz in Santiago de Cuba.
“For me it is an honor to be on the island these days that are so important for the people of Cuba and for the Revolution” said G. Mavrikos, during a press conference held on Friday in Juan Marinello hall, of the “Central de Trabajadores de Cuba” (Central Union of Cuban Workers, CTC).
He affirmed that he came on behalf of 92 million workers of the WFTU, from 126 countries, to express his sincere condolences for the passing away of “Comandante en Jefe”, whom he knew personally.
“Fidel is immortal”, appreciated the General Secretary of the first workers’ organization in the world. “He will be with us for the centuries to come, with his glow and his example. The WFTU will defend his ideas of international solidarity and of struggle against imperialism, always united with the Cuban people and with CTC”, Mavrikos explained.
In honor of the memory of “Comandante en Jefe” Fidel Castro Ruz, the World Federation of Trade Unions and the National Secretary of CTC, decided that in the framework of the celebrations of May 1st, in 2017, Habana will host the meeting of the Presidential Council of WFTU.
Therefore, leaders of the Federation from 55 nations will visit the country to discuss topics that concern the international working class, and to build in this way the alliance between the working class and the farmers, in search of a fair society, without exploitation of man by man.
“Fidel is an example of dignity, of optimism and of struggle. We will dedicate the next meeting of the Council to his legacy”, he added.”
Author: Alejandra García
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